2020 – 2021 Program

“Strength Through Friendship”


Monday, September 14, 2020

fannie fern

Jennifer Rounds will be portraying Fannie Fern (born Sara Willis) at our first meeting on September 14th. Last year she portrayed Nellie Bly in a memorable performance.

Fern used witty, audacious prose to tell stories about children, family and domestic life. Critics called her sentimental, but Nathaniel Hawthorne disagreed. “The woman writes as if the devil was in her,” he wrote.


Monday, October 12, 2020

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Dr. Judith Dann, Professor at Columbus State Comuunity College, will be speaking about Victoria Woodhull. She was a radical who spoke out against slavery and was in favor of socialism and economic reform. Woodhall campaigned for the White House before women had the right to vote.


Monday, November 9, 2020

E.RooseveltJeri Diehl-Cusack presents Eleanor Roosevelt.  Jeri Diehl-Cusack is a presidential history lecturer, formerly at Grandview Heights Public Library.  She will offer a program on Eleanor Roosevelt and her relationships.  Diehl-Cusack has accomplished in-depth study of the Roosevelt family and this is her favorite topic!


Monday, January 11, 2021  

Officer Hatcher

Officer Robert Hatcher of the Delaware Police Department Crime Prevention and Community Relations division, in conjunction with the Powell Police Department, has agreed to present a program on community safety, self-defense, and general information any citizen needs to know.  He is a well-known speaker in this area.


Monday, February 8, 2021     Blundo1

Joe Blundo, columnist for the Columbus Dispatch, will be presenting “Six Things I Have Learned in 23 Years as a Columnist” which includes what readers want and what makes a good column topic.


Monday, March 8, 2021  

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Janet Chen, CEO of Pro Musica in Columbus, has worked with this organization for many years, contributing in many different areas.  Educational programs initiated during her tenure include “Naked Classics” in which the orchestra offers analysis of a work prior to playing it; and “Play Us Forward” in which music instruction and instruments are made available free of charge to area students.

Chen has established collaborations with many other arts groups in this area.


April 12, 2021     

Fran Dewine

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine will speak about a nonpolitical interest.  Topic to be determined.


May 8, 2021

Spring Fling

cecily ensemble

Cecily Ensemble will be presenting a musical adventure performing on a variety of early instruments.